Good morning friends! I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and the prospect of Spring.
I wanted to provide a quick update on our project. The students and I have been meeting to select buildings on campus for survey, working through protocols, and setting up a data collection system for use with phones (see attached photo). Our goal is to be up and running in the next two weeks and ready for the spring migration.
In addition, we are please to have an undergraduate student completing an independent study examining our glass Blacksburg Transit bus stops for bird collisions. Her work will describe the settings around these stops and, hopefully, provide some insight as to what factors may contribute to bird collisions.
We have also taken a leadership role in engaging our college and university colleagues across the state in launching their own window collision surveys. We are working with Radford University, Bridgewater College, and Ferrum College and hope to coordinate with ongoing activities at Virginia Commonwealth University as well. If we all implement similar protocols, then hopefully we can use the information we collect to learn more about collisions across the state and provide opportunities for our students to gain experience, build networks, and broaden their perspectives on this issue. Very exciting!
Thanks again for your support of our project. Please remember to monitor our Facebook page for progress and report any collisions you observe via our reporting page .